Congratulations. I know the feeling very well. I was so happy, and so relieved when I finally got the call and was officially offered the job. It's a great feeling!
I'd like to give you just a few pointers that I think every newbie should hear from their trainers but don't. A lot of new guys learn the hard way, usually by unknowingly pissing off the veteran rampers. The impression you make on the other rampers will be huge in determining what kind of trainee and worker you will be labelled as. Just some friendly advice that might not make a whole lot of sense at the moment, but will become clear shortly after you begin training...
-Don't get caught lounging around the breakroom.
-Stay busy, help out even if you are waved off.
-When a plane pulls in and the turn begins, do not rush straight to the bin. There will be carts that need to be set up and there is nothing more frustrating than having to do it all by yourself while the other guy (often a newbie) is just chillin in the bin waiting for you to start sending them up....a common pet peve out there.
-Expect some not to pay you much attention. You will have to earn their respect. Use common sense. Show them you are a hard worker and help out whenever you can. You may not see it directly, but I guarantee you you will constantly be under intense scrutiny. I didn't really see this until I was off probation and saw newhires go through probation.
-There are some courtesies that I wasn't flat out told about, but learned kinda the hard way...after you load the bags, stop, and drop the belt. (This will be more clear later on.
Anyway, I'm trying to help here. Sorry if this is kinda overwhelming and kinda out of place at this point, but seriously keep some of this in the back of your mind while you go through your training and your 6 month probation. I see a lot of new guys learning some of these the hard way.
Good luck man, and again, congratulations! BDL
huh? If you meet a Dana there, tell her Ryan from (well...formerly from) SJC
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